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A Legend Has Passed - Sandy Kosman

Discussion in 'General' started by ronin1052, Jun 8, 2022.

  1. ronin1052

    ronin1052 Well-Known Member

    Sandy Kosman, one of the most prolific innovators in the history of motorcycle racing, has passed at 80.

    Known primarily for advancements in the Drag Racing arena and jewel-like products, his talents spread FAR beyond that into all types of motorcycle competition. The motorcycle world is much poorer for his passing.

    A great read about the man's life:


    I have in my stash an early 18" GSX-R1100 rear rim that was widened to 5.5" by Kosman Specialties.
    It's just a bit more valuable today, at least in my mind.

    RIP Sanford Kosman.
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  2. TurboBlew

    TurboBlew Registers Abusers

    Dang... RIP Sandy.
  3. stk0308

    stk0308 Well-Known Member

    Darn. RIP
  4. YamahaRick

    YamahaRick Yamaha Two Stroke Czar

  5. Big T

    Big T Well-Known Member

    I met Sandy at a Two Wheel Tuesday event in Portland.
    He had recently retired and moved there.
    Interesting guy, had some good stories.
  6. mikek

    mikek Well-Known Member

    I was very involved in Pro Stock motorcycle drag racing in the 70's. Kosman was a big guy at the track, he and Byron Hines did a lot of great stuff....
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  7. Damn great read, he also made some nice triple clamps for ZX 7 road race bikes.
  8. dexter69

    dexter69 Well-Known Member

    Had gone to superbike(1992) races in Sonoma, some how ended up in San Francisco. I told my brother, lets go check out Kosman racing. We didnt get to meet him, but the guy behind the counter (Pete) was very cool to us. It was a good visit! All kinds of cool stuff in the shop. Rest in Peace Sandy! CB-750F Triple clamps, Gremica calipers/Kosman rotors, CBX rear wheel and kool sticker!

    Attached Files:

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  9. gt#179

    gt#179 Dirt Dork

    He was well know in the Hawk circles for his widened front wheels. Allowed you to use modern 120/70 rubber on the wider rim while keeping the OE look and rotor.

    Sorry to hear of his passing.
  10. Linker48X

    Linker48X Well-Known Member

    RIP, Sandy.

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